Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a metahuman who gave up being the vigilante hero known as Black Lightning years ago, after it took a massive toll on his family. He's spent the past several years as the principal of a charter high school in a New Orleans neighborhood.
Pierce has to suit up again when the lives of his two daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), are threatened by a brutal local gang called The 100, led by DC Comics villain Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III). The series also stars James Remar, Damon Gupton, Christine Adams, Chantal Thuy, and Grammy-winning artist Jill Scott as Lady Eve.
The new trailer properly introduces us to the villainous Tobias Whale (who is giving off all kinds of Kingpin vibes) and takes a look at Pierce’s crisis of conscience as to whether he should be putting on the suit again and be resurrected as Black Lightning. Which, by the way, he obviously and not shockingly (pun intended) does.
Black Lighting was created by Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and Arrowverse head honcho Greg Berlanti based on the character created for the pages of DC Comics by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. Black Lightning was one of the first major African-American superheroes in comic book history and one of the first to star in his own comic title. Throughout his long history, he also became a member of the Justice League and the Outsiders.
Black Lighting will electrify the small screen on The CW on Jan. 16 at 9 p.m.